For the time being, each team will play three games against each intraconference opponent (for a total of 42 games) and two games against each interconference opponent (20 games). What will the format of the play-in tournament be? The 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place May 18–21, following the second half of the regular season! Each team will be seeded according to their record within their conference, with teams sharing seeds having their records ignored. The top eight seeded teams will advance to the quarterfinals of the play-in tournament, which will serve as the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
The winner of the play-in game advances to the semifinals where they will meet the No. 1 vs. No. 8 seed on May 19. The loser of the play-in game will face the No. 2 seed on May 20 for the right to play the No. 7 seed. On May 21, the winners of those games will meet in the final to determine who will advance to the 2021 NBA Finals.
The NBA has announced that it is suspending its season through April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league said it intends to return to play when safe to do so, but also noted that it may need to extend the season if there are not enough healthy players available.
Currently, there are no plans to hold any type of traditional postseason tournament this year.
There is no safe team. With this new model, the NBA intends to increase interest and fan participation. How will the NBA playoffs function in 2021? The play-in round will include four teams from each conference, ranked 7–10 in the standings. The seventh and eighth seeds will play one game, with the winner claiming the seventh slot in the rankings. The loser of that game will meet the winner of the sixth game to determine fifth place.
The winners of the play-in games will advance to the "quarterfinals," which will be single games played on April 27. The two winners will advance to the "semifinals," which will be two more single games played on May 4. The winner of those game will face the top seed in the NBA Finals, which will be a best-of-seven series.
As part of the play-in tournament, there will be six total games featuring eight teams divided between the two conferences. Those finishing 1-6 in each conference will be assured postseason positions, while teams finishing 7-10 in the standings will compete in a play-in round. The four winners will advance to the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
The first two games will be played on Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd. The remaining four games will be played over the course of one week starting on Monday, April 16th and ending on Thursday, April 18th. All games will be played at either the home court of the better-performing team during the season or at a neutral site. The order of the games has not been determined yet.
The play-in round will include teams that do not qualify for the playoffs based on current standing. These teams will be ordered by record within each conference and will play one another in consecutive home-and-home series. The winner will advance to the playoffs and the loser will be eliminated from consideration.
The 2019 NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday, April 20th with 12 teams competing for 4 spots in the championship round. The 8 surviving teams will be re-seeded so that the top four seeds receive a bye into the second round. If a fifth game is needed in the second round, it will be played on Sunday, April 28th.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Men's Basketball Tournament will be held in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena in 2021. The league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will go to the victor of the 11-game tournament. The 14-game SEC regular-season schedule will decide the tournament seeding and conference champion. The SEC began holding its tournament in 1979, when it was known as the Metrodome Classic. It has not been held since 1990 because of concerns about security after the September 11 attacks.
Bridgestone Arena is a multi-purpose arena located in Nashville, Tennessee. The arena is part of the campus of Vanderbilt University, which is located across the street from the venue. The $125 million project opened in April 2016 after being completed in time for the 2016 NBA Playoffs Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. The game was played without a crowd due to the Raptors' successful series against the Bucks.
Nashville has become a popular destination for sports events because of the annual music festival season that begins with the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday nights in June and ends with Bonnaroo in late June. The city is also home to two major professional sports teams: the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League and the Nashville Sounds of the Minor Leagues. The Predators have made the NHL playoffs every year since they were awarded to the league in 1998-99 and have never been eliminated.
The NBA and the NBA Players Association reached an agreement on Monday to begin the 2020–21 season on December 22. The league expects to have spectators in the stands at some time during the year as teams play a 72-game season. However, it looks like the league will proceed with a season start date approaching Christmas. There is no indication when or if players will be allowed to return to the court.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many sports leagues to cancel or postpone their seasons. On March 11, the NBA announced that the season would be postponed until further notice. No end date has been set for when this might happen. It's possible that we could see some games played in front of full houses this season, but most likely all games will be held either entirely online or as a doubleheader with one game in Brooklyn and one in San Antonio.
The current contract between the NBA and ABC/ESPN runs through the 2024–25 season. It's possible that there could be negotiations after that point regarding whether or not to continue the partnership. For now, both parties seem happy to extend things for another few years.
When the season was first canceled, many people wondered if that would be the end of the NBA. With a record number of fans sitting in stadiums across America, and millions more watching from their couches around the world, it looked like perhaps nobody wanted the season to end. But then came May 4, and that's when everything changed.